Indian army drone flies near the site of a gunbattle between Indian government forces and suspected militants in Padgampora village of Pulwama, south of Srinagar on 9 March 2017.

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A March 2017 file image of an Indian military drone

An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese language state media mentioned.

Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre fight bureau, mentioned the incident happened in “latest days”. He didn’t give an actual location.

He was quoted in Xinhua information company as saying that India had “violated China’s territorial sovereignty”.

The 2 nations noticed relations worsen this summer time once they turned locked in a dispute over a Himalayan plateau.

India has but to reply to China’s newest declare.

In remarks carried extensively by state media retailers, Mr Zhang mentioned Chinese language border forces had performed “verifications” of the alleged drone.

He added that China expresses “our sturdy dissatisfaction and opposition concerning this matter” and that it might “steadfastly shield the nation’s rights and security”.

Relations between the 2 nations soured in June when India mentioned it opposed a Chinese language try to increase a street on the Doklam/Donglang plateau, on the border of China, India and Bhutan.

China and Bhutan have competing claims on the plateau, and India helps Bhutan’s declare.

After weeks of escalating tensions, together with heated rhetoric from each side, the stand-off ended in August when each nations pulled again their troops.

The 2 nations fought a bitter battle over the border in 1962, and disputes stay unresolved in a number of areas which trigger tensions to rise periodically.